Science in writing: Learning scientific argument in principle and practice

Bill Cope, Mary Kalantzis, Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Elizabeth Bagley

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This article explores the processes of writing in science and in particular the 'complex performance' of writing a scientific argument. The article explores in general terms the nature of scientific argumentation in which the author-scientist makes claims, provides evidence to support these claims, and develops chains of scientific reasoning to coordinate claims and evidence. The article then describes a case in which two classes of Grade 8 students in a New York City school wrote scientific arguments in a web-writing and peer review environment that provides each writer with 'as-you-go' formative assessment on the constitutive elements of their arguments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-441
Number of pages22
JournalE-Learning and Digital Media
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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